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See also: Alter, älter, and alter-

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French alterer (French altérer), from Medieval Latin alterare (to make other), from Latin alter (the other), from al- (seen in alius (other), alienus (of another), etc.; see alias, alien, etc.) + compar. suffix -ter.

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alter (third-person singular simple present alters, present participle altering, simple past and past participle altered)

  1. (transitive) To change the form or structure of.
    • Bible, Psalms lxxxix. 34
      My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
    • Shakespeare
      No power in Venice can alter a decree.
    • Alexander Pope
      It gilds all objects, but it alters none.
  2. (intransitive) To become different.
  3. (transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.
  4. (transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To agitate; to affect mentally.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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DanishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse altari, from Old Saxon altari, from Latin altare (altar), cognates with Icelandic altari.

NounEdit

alter n (singular definite altret or alteret, plural indefinite altre)

  1. altar

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alter

  1. inflected form of alt

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂élteros (the other of two) (akin to English other). Akin to alius. Confer with ulter.

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AdjectiveEdit

alter (feminine altera, neuter alterum); first/second declension

  1. the other, the second
  2. the one...the other (alter...alter)

InflectionEdit

First/second declension, nominative masculine singular in -er, with genitive singular in -īus and dative singular in .

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative alter altera alterum alterī alterae altera
genitive alterīus alterōrum alterārum alterōrum
dative alterī alterīs
accusative alterum alteram alterum alterōs alterās altera
ablative alterō alterā alterō alterīs
vocative alter altera alterum alterī alterae altera

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ReferencesEdit

  • alter in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • alter in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • alter” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • one or two days: unus et alter dies
    • one, two, several days had passed, intervened: dies unus, alter, plures intercesserant

Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

alter n (definite singular alteret / altret, indefinite plural alter / altere / altre, definite plural altera / altra / altrene)

  1. an altar

Etymology 2Edit

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alter m

  1. indefinite plural of alt

Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
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NounEdit

alter n (definite singular alteret, indefinite plural alter, definite plural altera)

  1. an altar